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A Song of Diaspora

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The New Anthem: The Subcontinent in Its Own Words Edited by Ahmede HussainThere are certain things that we can now deduce from the subcontinent – that most of the writers in the anthology would prefer to be somewhere else. That South Asia is unfailingly a place of domestic violence, poverty and oppression, best looked at during brief visits from outside the country and then left behind. This may seem to be a harsh assessment but in story after story, this is what emerges.

Ahmede Hussain’s anthology brings together what he describes as ‘strong new voices in South Asian fiction’ that hold the mirror up to the countries they inhabit and put down the reflections in their own words. The 22 short stories are by names we have heard of, Raj Kamal Jha, Kamila Shamsie, Mahmud Rahman, Padma Viswanathan, Khademul Islam, Mohsin Hamid, Monideepa Sahu and Amit Chaudhuri and some of the chosen pieces come from noted, award winning novels.


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